This volume follows on almost immediately from the previous one, which makes me so glad I didn't have to wait months for it's release before grabbing it.
Now Cory Wilson has the captain of the ship and two members of his crew chosen at random, staying in his house. Not trusting them, he's hoping to get information from them regarding the ship and what the captain intends to do.
More action, small scale stuff, not battles, in this story. Once again it concerns the frustrations of Wilson as he tries to deal with a worsening political situation, missing people, and a looming war all while trying to understand how the social aspect of his team/household works. This is no doubt an ongoing thing for Wilson. Just when you think you understand a part of a culture, something comes along and trips you up. Or, usually in his case, you keep thinking of it in terms of your own culture. Caught between the two. That's Mr Wilson.
There's a lot going on in this world. As a reader you know as much as Wilson does. Some threads seem to be connected, but how? Like peeling an onion, as you remove one layer of obstruction, another is revealed below. As with the other books it's very easy to get into. I'm invested enough to want more of the story and these characters. The two younger members of his team could be worth a story or two of their own (*hint to the author*) :-)
A last comment. This is book 4, I've read all 6 books now and will read book 7 when it is available. Sometimes with SF stories, the author tries to make the alien more alien by giving them a name that is almost impossible to pronounce. Nothing jars me out of a story more that having to try and figure out how I should pronounce Aeirrllleuhf or some such ridiculous name. Thankfully there's none of that in these book.
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)